10 Questions with ... Jeriney Fulcher
February 22, 2011
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Started as College Radio PD/mornings at KWJC/Joplin, MO from 2001-2003 and part-time KJML and KMOQ from 2001-2002. Joined KRBZ for part-time in 2003, moved up to Morning Show Producer 2005-2010 and a little bit of everything else in between. Promoted to MD/middays in August 2010.
1. How did you become interested in radio?
I've always been a music junkie. Even as a child every chore I had to do I couldn't complete without a radio present. In college after receiving a part-time job as a secretary in the college radio station I was asked to be a part of the morning show. From that moment on I was hooked and knew that radio was something I wanted to be a part of.
2. After so many years hosting the Homegrown Buzz, who are the top local bands?
Local bands come and go and over the past seven years of hosting I've seen a lot of both. As of right now, the Kansas City scene is thriving! Some of my favorites would be Cowboy Indian Bear, The Atlantic, Maps for Travelers, The Architects, The Beautiful Bodies, Soft Reeds, Capybara....I could keep going and going!
3. What has been your biggest challenge since adding music duties at The Buzz?
I would have to say the learning curve has been the toughest part. I had never thought about why we play songs in the order that we do or listening habits. Selector is fun as well...I now know just enough to be dangerous.
4. What part of your job do you like best? Least?
The best part of this job is that it's very music driven. I love having conversation with listeners about the music we are playing. Being a total music nerd I really enjoy discussing bands and recommending things to the listener as well as have them recommend things to me.
The part that I least like about this job is being by myself in the studio. I was with Afentra's Big Fat Morning Buzz as a producer for so long that I really looked forward to seeing them every day and being a part of that show. Now I see them for a few minutes between our shows and that's it.
5. How do you stay connected with your audience?
I try to just keep it music oriented. I will give out information about what a band is up to or if they are doing something interesting. These are the same things I have conversations about with my friends on a daily basis so II try to think of the listeners as just a big group of friends hanging out, drinking coffee, and talking music.
6. Fill in the blank: I can't make it through the day without _________?
Lots and lots of coffee!
7. What are you most proud of from the past eight years at The Buzz?
That I'm still here! It is also an amazing feeling when a local band that I may have played on homegrown finally breaks through into regular rotation like The Republic Tigers and The Beautiful Bodies.
8. What would surprise people most about you?
After many years of being a mascot (high school, college and semi-pro) I am a wiz with cardboard and duct tape! Need a prop for a station event? I can make it!
9. What was your favorite station to listen to when you were a kid?
Growing up in Diamond, MO (Joplin), there wasn't a lot of variety in radio stations. There was either Country or Top 40. There were things about both that I loved. KSYN (Kissin' 92.5) was my station of choice until around my senior year of high school and KJML (Rock105) showed up and I was blown away. Their main DJ, Johnny DuRatt, made me want to do radio full-time.
10. If you decided to completely change careers today what would you do?
I would be a teacher. My radio professor in college, Kelly Marsh, was amazing and I would love to follow in his footsteps. I can't imagine trying to do a career that wasn't somewhat radio oriented.
What are your hobbies?
Is listening to music considered a hobby? I love going to local shows and trying to find the next KC band that will blow me away.
Last non-industry job?
A leasing consultant at an apartment complex
First record ever purchased?
New Kids On The Block "Hangin' Tough." I was 7.
Sawyer Brown and Chris LeDoux with my grandmother
Favorite band of all-time?
Incubus was one of the first "rock" bands that I ever heard. I've been obsessed with them ever since!